Is it worth joining in to raise some money?

I’m a first year student of a Maritime Academy. in 3 years + cadetship time i can be qualified to work as a 3rd officer (can choose deck or engineering) but I constantly feel sad thinking about the current graduation program and also the future prospects.

Recently I’ve been interested in programming and web development. It fits my personality more to just work from a computer and have time to relax and play video games at home every night.

While the pay and prestige from sea jobs is very good, I’m tempted to take a risk in the IT market.

I know its perfectly possible to get into IT after my cadetship and even be able to afford better education, but i wonder if thats the smarter move. If i were to start now investing all my time into learning to code i could be, hopefully, at a happy point in my life 5 years from now, whereas at sea i’d be only beggining to pursue that.

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5 thoughts on “Is it worth joining in to raise some money?

  • April 24, 2020 at 2:14 pm
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    If you aren’t feeling the seagoing lifestyle so early in the game, you should probably just change your course now. You’re pretty early in the game, and if you’re interested in IT do that instead. It’s not like you’re 3 years deep into a program and you realize you don’t like it, you’re only barely getting in by the sounds of it. Also It would be difficult to transition from the merchant marine to a job like IT. If you were looking at a path similar to going from marine engineering to shoreside engineering that’s different. The most important part is that you work doing something you enjoy and can be happy going to work every day (and night if you’re at sea)

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  • April 24, 2020 at 2:14 pm
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    Don’t go to sea if you don’t want to go to sea.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 2:14 pm
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    If you finish maritime and go to sea for a while you can study IT stuff on the boat, do a couple tours, make some money, then go IT. You can look for a job in IT while at sea too. Lots of guys I know study for other shit while underway

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  • April 24, 2020 at 2:14 pm
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    Another thought… do IT for a shipping company.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 2:14 pm
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    If you’re not sure, try doing a trip as a trainee on a sail training ship. It’s not much like a merchant ship, but you’ll be able to see how you handle being out at sea, being away from home, watches, etc.

    For what it’s worth, I study programming and similar off watch while I’m at sea and during my leave. If you’re motivated, uou don’t have to choose only one option, just make sure you download your lectures and dependencies before you join the ship.

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